Harden rallies the Nets to a 115-113 victory over the Magic as Durant sits down
New York James Harden scored 36 points, had 10 rebounds and eight assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat 19 points and Kevin Durant was absent to beat the Orlando Magic 115-113 on Friday night.
Durant did not play due to a right shoulder sprain.
Harden was 19 for 20 from the free throw line. Patty Mills added 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge 11 of 15 in the fourth quarter.
Galen Suggs scored 21 goals, while Franz Wagner and Choma Okeke scored 17 each for magic.
The Nets dropped by 19 points in the second quarter but ended the game with a 10-0 lead. Harden scored the final five points from the free-throw line as Brooklyn narrowed its first-half deficit to 62-53.
Brooklyn continued to storm the lead, and Mills’ consecutive three-pointers gave the Nets 73-70 with 7:15 to go in the third quarter. This was his first advance since the first set of the game.
Orlando trailed 90-83 heading into the final quarter, but scored its first six points and tied the game at 92 on the Okiki Index 3.
Neither team advanced by more than three until Harden’s two free throws with nine seconds remaining gave Brooklyn a 114-100 lead. After Suggs hit a throw-in, Harden returned to the line and made one throw with his only foul in the game.
Cole fouled Anthony, who finished the match with 16 points, 3 seconds before the end of the match. After making the first, he deliberately missed the second. However, his attempt did not reach the edge and the net was granted possession and time ran out
James Johnson finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Magic: Orlando has started the same five players (Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., Suggs, and Wagner) in every game this season except for one. Gary Harris started for Suggs against the Hawks in Atlanta on November 15.
Nets: DeAndre’ Bembry made his first start of the season to replace Durant. …Joe Harris missed his third game in a row due to a sprained left ankle. Paul Millsap was also left out of the squad for “personal reasons”.
Game time decision
Durant participated in the warm-up, but was out of the game. “He’s been teasing him a little bit and it’s time for a break,” coach Steve Nash said before the game. “Tonight, this hurts the team. But, this is a decision we had to make. He can now get a few days off.” The Nets don’t play again until Monday in Cleveland. Durant, who leads the Nets and is second in the NBA with a score of 28.6 ppg, has played in all of the Nets’ first 16 games.
New York state of mind
The Magic have played 31% of their games (5 of 16) this season against New York teams. They have already played the Knicks three times (2-1) and lost to the Knicks twice.
long distance turning
In the team’s first meeting of the season, Brooklyn won 33 points (123-90) on November 10, Orlando fired 4 of 33 from a 3-point range. In Friday’s game, Magic fired 6 of 10 in the first quarter.
Magic: Orlando travels to Milwaukee for back-to-back games on Saturday and Monday.
Nets: Brooklyn visits Cleveland on Monday.
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